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Event picks for the 4th of July weekend

Big boom on the bay; Ocean Beach pier gets a 50th birthday party

Saturday, July 2: Oceanside Independence Parade
Saturday, July 2: Oceanside Independence Parade

Thursday | 30

Past Event

Porcella in China

A discussion of artist Don Porcella’s debut in Shanghai, China, where he was commissioned by French couturier Hermès to design four windows for their new flagship store featuring his trademark pipe-cleaner creatures (golden monkeys, penguins, flamingos, deer, birds) in a four-season environment. The installation is called The Great Hall of Nature, and each window is named after a famous caretaker of nature: John Muir, Jane Goodall, Jacques Cousteau, and Charles Darwin. The zoo was made in Lemon Grove on the heels of Porcella’s debut at the Parsonage Museum. See and hear the backstory from Porcella and Samantha Wilson (studio chief of Don Porcella Studio) amid “bubbly, beaucoup toasts.”


Past Event

Cooking Up the Food Network

  • Thursday, June 30, 2016, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Mission Valley Resort, 875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego
  • $25

In 1993 Jack Clifford launched the Food Network, a groundbreaking cable channel that airs in more than 100 million U.S. households today. He is now retired and resides in Chula Vista with his wife. Clifford will present his book, Least Likely to Succeed, a title bestowed upon him by his classmates in high school. The book details how one of the most successful TV channels ever came to fruition with behind-the-scenes stories of friends such as Walter Cronkite, Ted Turner, and many Food Network favorites. $25 includes a buffet lunch. Proceeds benefit the Food & Beverage Association of San Diego.


Friday | 1

Past Event

Yoga Restival

  • Friday, July 1, 2016, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Liberty Advance, 1585 Jewel Valley Road, Boulevard
  • 18+ / $99

A four-day yoga and music festival in a retreat center one hour east of San Diego called Liberty Advance. Each day there will be a variety of yoga classes ranging from acro yoga to vinyasa, restorative healing, dancing, and workshops. $99 per day, with four-day passes available.


Saturday | 2

Past Event

Ocean Beach Pier’s 50th Anniversary

  • Saturday, July 2, 2016, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Ocean Beach Pier, 5091 Niagara Avenue, San Diego
  • Free

The pier opened on July 2, 1966. To mark this occasion, the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association offers activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the pier. A short ceremony with elected officials will take place at 11 a.m. outside the pier-entry gates at the foot of Niagara Avenue. The Ocean Beach Community Foundation will unveil a new plaque at that location. Pick up a free O.B. Pier postcard west of the Walking on Water Café on the pier. The United States Postal Service will have a station to postmark special pier postcards (and any other mail) with a custom-designed postmark on all mail sent through them that day. Finally, check out a historical display exploring the pier’s rich history and snap a photo in front of a life-size backdrop of the pier’s opening 50 years ago.


The promoters say this parade has been going on in Oceanside since 1888! The 2016 version starts at the Coast Highway and Wisconsin Avenue intersection and ends at Coast Highway and Civic Center Drive with more than 120 parade entries expected to march, roll, walk, and drive down the 101.


Past Event

Flight of the Conchords

  • Saturday, July 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
  • Open Air Theatre, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego
  • $35 - $50

The Kiwi comedy duo of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement have turned their brief but many-Emmy-nominated HBO series, Flight of the Conchords (2007–’09), into a Grammy-winning, film-acting and –scoring, world-touring success. The songsmiths write and perform send-ups of all pop songforms, including folk, rock, hip-hop, R&B, and Bowie, who is the subject of one of our favorite Conchords episodes, in which the pair explores the many personas of Bowie. We can’t imagine they won’t honor his loss with their “Bowie’s in Space” when they play the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU on Saturday night.


Monday | 4

Past Event

Independence Day Festival & Fireworks

This free 53rd annual community event on the Center’s Great Green features live music by the Manny Cepeda Orchestra Quartet, Ke’Ahi & Halau Hula O Makalani Na Pilialoha, and the Jonathan Lee Band, as well as food vendors and children’s activities and games. Festivities conclude with a performance by Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Division Band and a fireworks display. The center’s museum will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. with free admission to their two current exhibitions, My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action and Unlocking Wonderland: The Exhibit.


Past Event

Big Bay Boom

  • Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 9 p.m.
  • Embarcadero, Along Harbor Drive, San Diego
  • Free

San Diego’s biggest Fourth of July fireworks show returns to light up San Diego Bay. Fireworks are discharged simultaneously from barges placed off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village/South Embarcadero, and the Coronado Ferry Landing. Free parking and shuttles available to get to and from viewing spots.


Tuesday | 5

Past Event

Switchfoot Record Release

  • Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
  • Hornblower Cruises, 970 North Harbor Drive, San Diego
  • $89 - $119

San Diego’s Grammy-winning and multiple SDMA-winning alt-rock quintet Switchfoot will be touring the country this year behind this summer’s release, Where the Light Shines Through. After kicking off this year’s San Diego Fair, the band will throw an official record-release party on the Inspiration Hornblower on Tuesday. Or, as announced via switchfoot.com, “Batten down the hatches and imagine yourself settin’ sail around the San Diego Bay while the sun is a settin’ and whales are a hummin’ along...just another fine day on the open sea celebrating the release of our 10th album!” Jay Allen Sanford has a chat with guitarist Drew “Handsome” Shirley.


Wednesday | 6

Past Event

Joe Pug

  • Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 9 p.m.
  • Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $15 - $17

“Not even Dylan does Dylan anymore,” according to writer Dave Good. Which is why, it seems, indie folkie Joe Pug has found a second life in music. Touring in support of last year’s well-received Windfall record, the very literary singer/songwriter — he claims allegiance to Walt Whitman, John Steinbeck, Raymond Carver, and Cormac McCarthy — appears at the Casbah on Wednesday.


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Saturday, July 2: Oceanside Independence Parade
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Thursday | 30

Past Event

Porcella in China

A discussion of artist Don Porcella’s debut in Shanghai, China, where he was commissioned by French couturier Hermès to design four windows for their new flagship store featuring his trademark pipe-cleaner creatures (golden monkeys, penguins, flamingos, deer, birds) in a four-season environment. The installation is called The Great Hall of Nature, and each window is named after a famous caretaker of nature: John Muir, Jane Goodall, Jacques Cousteau, and Charles Darwin. The zoo was made in Lemon Grove on the heels of Porcella’s debut at the Parsonage Museum. See and hear the backstory from Porcella and Samantha Wilson (studio chief of Don Porcella Studio) amid “bubbly, beaucoup toasts.”


Past Event

Cooking Up the Food Network

  • Thursday, June 30, 2016, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Mission Valley Resort, 875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego
  • $25

In 1993 Jack Clifford launched the Food Network, a groundbreaking cable channel that airs in more than 100 million U.S. households today. He is now retired and resides in Chula Vista with his wife. Clifford will present his book, Least Likely to Succeed, a title bestowed upon him by his classmates in high school. The book details how one of the most successful TV channels ever came to fruition with behind-the-scenes stories of friends such as Walter Cronkite, Ted Turner, and many Food Network favorites. $25 includes a buffet lunch. Proceeds benefit the Food & Beverage Association of San Diego.


Friday | 1

Past Event

Yoga Restival

  • Friday, July 1, 2016, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Liberty Advance, 1585 Jewel Valley Road, Boulevard
  • 18+ / $99

A four-day yoga and music festival in a retreat center one hour east of San Diego called Liberty Advance. Each day there will be a variety of yoga classes ranging from acro yoga to vinyasa, restorative healing, dancing, and workshops. $99 per day, with four-day passes available.


Saturday | 2

Past Event

Ocean Beach Pier’s 50th Anniversary

  • Saturday, July 2, 2016, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Ocean Beach Pier, 5091 Niagara Avenue, San Diego
  • Free

The pier opened on July 2, 1966. To mark this occasion, the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association offers activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the pier. A short ceremony with elected officials will take place at 11 a.m. outside the pier-entry gates at the foot of Niagara Avenue. The Ocean Beach Community Foundation will unveil a new plaque at that location. Pick up a free O.B. Pier postcard west of the Walking on Water Café on the pier. The United States Postal Service will have a station to postmark special pier postcards (and any other mail) with a custom-designed postmark on all mail sent through them that day. Finally, check out a historical display exploring the pier’s rich history and snap a photo in front of a life-size backdrop of the pier’s opening 50 years ago.


The promoters say this parade has been going on in Oceanside since 1888! The 2016 version starts at the Coast Highway and Wisconsin Avenue intersection and ends at Coast Highway and Civic Center Drive with more than 120 parade entries expected to march, roll, walk, and drive down the 101.


Past Event

Flight of the Conchords

  • Saturday, July 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
  • Open Air Theatre, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego
  • $35 - $50

The Kiwi comedy duo of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement have turned their brief but many-Emmy-nominated HBO series, Flight of the Conchords (2007–’09), into a Grammy-winning, film-acting and –scoring, world-touring success. The songsmiths write and perform send-ups of all pop songforms, including folk, rock, hip-hop, R&B, and Bowie, who is the subject of one of our favorite Conchords episodes, in which the pair explores the many personas of Bowie. We can’t imagine they won’t honor his loss with their “Bowie’s in Space” when they play the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU on Saturday night.


Monday | 4

Past Event

Independence Day Festival & Fireworks

This free 53rd annual community event on the Center’s Great Green features live music by the Manny Cepeda Orchestra Quartet, Ke’Ahi & Halau Hula O Makalani Na Pilialoha, and the Jonathan Lee Band, as well as food vendors and children’s activities and games. Festivities conclude with a performance by Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Division Band and a fireworks display. The center’s museum will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. with free admission to their two current exhibitions, My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action and Unlocking Wonderland: The Exhibit.


Past Event

Big Bay Boom

  • Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 9 p.m.
  • Embarcadero, Along Harbor Drive, San Diego
  • Free

San Diego’s biggest Fourth of July fireworks show returns to light up San Diego Bay. Fireworks are discharged simultaneously from barges placed off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village/South Embarcadero, and the Coronado Ferry Landing. Free parking and shuttles available to get to and from viewing spots.


Tuesday | 5

Past Event

Switchfoot Record Release

  • Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
  • Hornblower Cruises, 970 North Harbor Drive, San Diego
  • $89 - $119

San Diego’s Grammy-winning and multiple SDMA-winning alt-rock quintet Switchfoot will be touring the country this year behind this summer’s release, Where the Light Shines Through. After kicking off this year’s San Diego Fair, the band will throw an official record-release party on the Inspiration Hornblower on Tuesday. Or, as announced via switchfoot.com, “Batten down the hatches and imagine yourself settin’ sail around the San Diego Bay while the sun is a settin’ and whales are a hummin’ along...just another fine day on the open sea celebrating the release of our 10th album!” Jay Allen Sanford has a chat with guitarist Drew “Handsome” Shirley.


Wednesday | 6

Past Event

Joe Pug

  • Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 9 p.m.
  • Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $15 - $17

“Not even Dylan does Dylan anymore,” according to writer Dave Good. Which is why, it seems, indie folkie Joe Pug has found a second life in music. Touring in support of last year’s well-received Windfall record, the very literary singer/songwriter — he claims allegiance to Walt Whitman, John Steinbeck, Raymond Carver, and Cormac McCarthy — appears at the Casbah on Wednesday.


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Place

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909 Prospect Street, San Diego

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